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2009 Minneapolis Climate Change Grants

The third annual Climate Change Grant Awardees focused on saving energy and money. Based on the success of climate change grants provided in 2007 and 2008, the City of Minneapolis again provided grants to help people in Minneapolis take steps to reduce global warming.

These grants are to help neighborhoods and organizations create projects which save both energy and money. The 2009 focus for the recipients was on how to better the green economy, and simulate the current market. This year’s 15 grant recipients include neighborhood and business groups, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations whose efforts support their members to decrease climate change.

All grantees were required to promote the Minnesota Energy Challenge – an interactive website to calculate an individual’s carbon dioxide footprint and commit to making positive changes.

For an overview of the 2009 grants: 2009 Climate Change Grant Overview (pdf)

As in years past, there were two different types of grants:

Climate Change Micro Grants:
Eight groups received grants up to $1,500 each to move residents to take immediate actions to reduce their clime change footprint and sign folks up for the Minnesota Energy Challenge. The application was relatively short and easy to fill out.

Climate Change Innovations Grants:
Seven non-profit groups received up to $10,000 each to focus on meaningful measurable climate change actions targeting residents and businesses.

Highlights include:

• An estimate value of $106,557 was leveraged as a result of the City’s grants, equaling an overall 165 percent return on investment. The leverages were mostly from local groups, businesses, in-kind contributions, and donated staff and volunteer time.

• Over 10,200 people attended events related to the grant projects.

• 217 volunteers contributed 1,764 hours of their time.

• The teams registered 948 participants in the Minnesota Energy challenge bringing the total number of Minneapolis residents and businesses to 8,500

• Team members pledged to save over 6.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually – for a savings of $215,061 on their energy use. According to the EPA this is equivalent to removing 2,113 cars from the road.

For general information the Minneapolis Climate Change Grants including 2007, 2008 and 2009 information visit Minneapolis Climate Change Grants.

Last updated Dec. 23, 2011